Ex-BBC and XFM presenter Michelle Mullane dies from cancer at 50

Tributes have been paid to Michelle Mullane, the former BBC and XFM radio presenter, who has died aged 50 from bowel cancer.

The broadcaster, who was diagnosed in June 2019 and told she had only six months to live, died on Christmas Eve.

In an Instagram video last week, she revealed she had been unable to leave the house for the past two months due to experiencing “excruciating pain for nearly six weeks straight”.

Her close friend, the comedian Jason Manford, shared a tribute to the former BBC Radio Manchester presenter.

He wrote on Instagram: “I have so many fond memories of Michelle from when I was starting out in standup in the late 90s. Michelle was the first person to get me on the airwaves and we spent many an evening laughing, flirting & joking over brews; on air and off. We drank millions of cups of tea!”

Manford, 39, added: “Michelle Around Midnight was one of the only shows you could get on, get paid and just be yourself without having to be a big ‘TV name’.

“She was an incredible supporter of new talent and gave a leg up to so many of us northern comedians at a time where it felt like if you weren’t in London, you didn’t stand a chance.

“She has supported me and many others ever since. She will be dearly missed by so many people, not least her young daughter Liv.

“She only messaged me the other week to congratulate me on Royal Variety and to say how proud she was of me. For over a year we’ve been trying to organise a charity gig – postponed due to Covid – in aid of Kidney Cancer UK & Bowel Cancer Research.

“The second we are able to, I will 100% make sure this happens in your name Michelle!”

Mullane, from Alderley Edge in Cheshire, had raised money for charity Cancer Research UK and wrote a blog, SK9 Cheshire, about her treatment. She had begun chemotherapy and also had a stent fitted to push her tumour to the side.

Her daughter Liv Winter, 23, posted a tribute on Instagram, writing: “Beautiful Mum. My mum taught me a lot, she held my hand in times of upset and pride, she guided me till the end, she screamed at teachers and had my back (even though I was actually just a little s**t and they didn’t do anything), she had an energy … an energy that words don’t do justice.

“A quick wit and intelligence that gave her an unmatching quality you find only in the rarest of stars, her warmth allowed me to confide in her with any of my problems … and I mean ANYTHING, even ones a lot of people don’t tell their ma’s.

“She had a laugh that filled the whole room, she was my biggest supporter and forever made me believe I could and still can achieve anything. She was my best friend. I can feel her still and I always will.”

The broadcaster Steve Penk tweeted: “So sad to hear of the passing of Michelle Mullane. My memory of Michelle during her time at Key 103, will always be her laughter, she was such a sweet girl. X”


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